Definition of Illative

1. Adjective. Relating to or having the nature of illation or inference. "The illative faculty of the mind"

Exact synonyms: Inferential
Partainyms: Inference, Inference
Derivative terms: Inference

2. Adjective. Resembling or dependent on or arrived at by inference. "Inferential reasoning"
Exact synonyms: Inferential
Similar to: Deductive
Derivative terms: Inference

3. Adjective. Expressing or preceding an inference. "`therefore' is an illative word"
Category relationships: Grammar
Similar to: Deductive

Definition of Illative

1. a. Relating to, dependent on, or denoting, illation; inferential; conclusive; as, an illative consequence or proposition; an illative word, as then, therefore, etc.

2. n. An illative particle, as for, because.

Definition of Illative

1. Adjective. of, or relating to an illation ¹

2. Adjective. (grammar) of, or relating to the grammatical case that in some languages indicates motion towards or into something ¹

3. Noun. (grammar) a word or phrase that expresses an inference (such as ''therefore'') ¹

4. Noun. an illation ¹

5. Noun. (grammar) the illative case, or a word in that case ¹

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Definition of Illative

1. a word or phrase introducing an inference [n -S]

Medical Definition of Illative

1. Relating to, dependent on, or denoting, illation; inferential; conclusive; as, an illative consequence or proposition; an illative word, as then, therefore, etc. Illative conversion, a converse or reverse statement of a proposition which in that form must be true because the original proposition is true. Illative sense, the faculty of the mind by which it apprehends the conditions and determines upon the correctness of inferences. Origin: L. Illativus: cf. F. Illatif. (11 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Illative

ill turn
ill will
ill willed
ill wills
illative (current term)
illative case
illative cases
illegal abortion
illegal alien
illegal aliens

Literary usage of Illative

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Handbook of the Chinese Language: Parts I and II, Grammar and Chrestomathy by James Summers (1863)
"The illative particles correspond to the causative particles ; the latter mark ... Very frequently the illative particle is not expressed in the apodosis, ..."

2. The Perceptionalist, Or, Mental Science: A University Text-book by Edward John Hamilton (1899)
"illative EVIDENCE. illative more !• EVIDENCE is more frequently mentioned in con- prominent nection with inferential than in connection with pres- ..."

3. The Modalist: Or, The Laws of Rational Conviction. A Textbook in Formal Or by Edward John Hamilton (1891)
"THE illative PROPOSITION. 1. "Pure" categoricals might be styled "dogmatic. ... The illative assertion may be uncontracted in form; or contracted and ..."

4. The Theory of Inference by Henry Hughes (1894)
"We may be quite content to admit that much of the work of illative inference ... And a term employed by Newman, viz., the illative sense, would seem to be a ..."

5. A Note on Charlotte Brontë by Algernon Charles Swinburne (1894)
"... we need not the ' illative sense ' of Dr. Newman's invention to teach us ' the grammar of assent ' to the matter proposed to us as subject or as object ..."

6. Exercises in Some of the More Difficult Principles of Greek Syntax: with by James Robinson Boise (1878)
".THE PRINCIPAL illative CONJUNCTIONS. Examples. ... (The first ovv illative, the second confirmative.) 1 TA > » Jfi V » i£iV . Г I 2. ..."

7. English Composition and Rhetoric by Alexander Bain (1890)
"Many of the conjunctions indicating Effect or Consequence, called illative, often connect sentences, being applicable in ..."

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